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• Will the process damage the items being cleaned?
 
Unlike sand blasting or bead blasting, which works by abrasion, SodaBlasting works by shattering the soda crystals, and transferring energy to the coating, which then breaks off.
Although this may sound dramatic, soda has the hardness just above talcum powder. On a scale of 1 to 10, diamond being 10 and talc being 1, soda is equal to 2.
For objects or surfaces that may be considered ‘delicate’, our operators can control the process by pressure and/or water / media mix as required.
Call to our demonstrator and discuss the requirements for your particular task.
Preparation is usually minimal as the soda causes no damage to the surrounding environment and leaves very little residue as it disintegrates on impact.

Masking or tenting is always advised if there is sensitive equipment nearby.
• Can I clean anything with the SodaBlast System?
Clean up & waste disposal?
Just about. The system relies on the soda breaking in to even smaller bits than they were originally, ranging from ~ 20 microns to 300 microns, dependant upon the operator choice of material. In general-terms, the harder the better, as the process of SodaBlasting will clean most coatings off most surfaces. However, it would not be advisable to clean rubberised glue off soft plasticine!
• How does Sodablast work?
In our blasting process, the sodium bicarbonate used has a larger particle than the baking soda used in the food industry, although it is basically the same product and purity, these particles are then propelled by compressed air through our specialised blasting machines. The Sodablast particles remove surface contaminant by the energy released as the particles explode, when driven by the pressure, into contact with the contaminant surface. The resulting energy release disrupts the contaminant surface and blows it away, thus leaving the substrate completely unaffected.
• Is Sodablast better than sand and grit blasting?
Sodablast particles remove contaminants by the energy released, resulting in no damage to underlying substrates. By contrast, sand and grit blasting does.

Sand blasted ferrous metals require immediate coating to prevent rusting. By contrast, Sodablast will significantly reduce the rate of rusting and can be coated several days even weeks after blasting rather than hours.

In some manufacturing processes it is necessary to create a specific surface profile. In this case, it is appropriate to sand blast the metal rather than Sodablast.
Clean up & waste disposal?
There is no heat build up when blasting with sodium bicarbonate. Since there is no heat build up, warping is eliminated.
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• Is there any heat build-up as with sand blasting?
• Is there any risk of fire when using Soda?
Its non-flammable properties allow sodium bicarbonate to be used for cleaning in the petroleum industry. One obvious advantage SodaBlasting has over sandblasting, is where flammable gases or liquids that may be present

Although sodium bicarbonate does not produce electrical sparks the same way that sand striking metal does, static electricity is an unavoidable bi-product of using high pressure air to propel the soda, whilst Sodablast reduces the amount of static produced, there is still a need to properly ground a metal object.
Sodium bicarbonate breaks down hydrocarbons, which makes it an excellent method of de-coking and cleaning engines parts, or other areas where oil and grease are present.
• Is Sodablast good at cleaning engines and greasy deposits?
• Would soda-blasting work on graffiti removal?
When used with a little water the Soda-Blaster makes easy work of Graffiti removal.
Sand blasted ferrous metals require immediate coating to prevent rusting. By contrast, Sodablast will significantly reduce the rate of rusting and can be coated several days even weeks after blasting rather than hours.
• Is rusting a problem as it is with sand blasting?
• What about preparation, clean up and waste disposal?
Preparation is usually minimal as the soda causes no damage to the surrounding environment and leaves very little residue as it disintegrates on impact, however masking or tenting is advised if there is sensitive equipment nearby

Disposal regulations should always be followed, normally only the removed hazardous material needs to be disposed of as Sodium bicarbonate has a pH of 8.6 and can be disposed of in most wastewater treatment systems.
The items to be cleaned should be as grease free as possible, as large amounts of grease or oil degrade and slow down the cleaning process. However the media (soda) will not get stuck in the greasy corners, unlike bead / sand blasting.

During the process of SodaBlasting it converts the residues into a soap like material through a process called ‘saponification’.
• What about the small quantities of grease and oil on the surface?
• Do I have to wear protective clothing & breathing apparatus like sand blasters?
Protective clothing is not essential as it is with sand blasting.
A protective mask is not usually necessary unless working in a confined space or tented area but ear protection and safety glasses must be worn at all times while blasting is taking place. It’s a good idea to wear long sleeves and full length trousers to protect against blow back or error in aim.
Rarely, in fact unlike sand, which is abrasive, bicarbonate of soda does not harm window glass or the rubber seals around the area, however it may be harmful to certain types of plastic trim, because you could be using 150 psi+ in some instances.
• Do I have to mask off glass or trim like sand blasting needs?
• Is Bicarbonated Soda environmentally safe?
Yes, as soda itself has no impact on the environment and is completely safe. Otherwise known as baking soda, it’s used in everyday cooking; this product is also used to settle your upset stomach. Its alkaline properties could harm plants and vegetation if not rinsed properly and all areas should be washed down with water after the cleaning process.
Yes. With SodaBlast Systems you can remove paint or other contaminants from surfaces next to these materials generally without a problem.
• Is SodaBlast safe on rubber and plastics?
• What about noise?
The SodaBlasting process is noisy as a large compressor is forcing air and media out of a relatively small exit. Sodablast operators are required to wear ear protection at all times while blasting and anyone else in the immediate vicinity should do the same.
• How much will it cost?
SodaBlast Systems and their licensed contractors usually charge by the hourly. Any job that takes less than one hour is still subject to a one hour charge as travel and preparation will likely be included. Marine vessels are often charged by the size and may include some preparation and cleanup time as all blast material is contained. There are many benefits of Sodablast including but not limited to the quality of surface finish that’s ready for painting, make the operation cost effective in the majority of cases.
 
     
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